OAK LAWN, Ill.-Fissures in the Democratic Party will be played in Tuesday's primaries in this Chicago suburb where seven-term representative Dan Lipinski faces a main challenger backed by liberal activists and prominent legislators of his own match. 19659003] Mr. Lipinski, who has the support of numerous local unions and mayors, is highlighting his constituent services, including the projects he has pushed through Congress to improve daily commutes to Chicago. But her opposition to the right to abortion and her vote against the Affordable Care Act has clashed with the Liberals, and her opponent in the primary, Marie Newman, has won the support of national groups such as the Campaign for Human Rights. and the List of Emily and her colleagues Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Luis Gutiérrez, who represent nearby districts.
"It is a secure democratic district where this time there is a real choice between the two candidates," Schakowsky said. Mr. Lipinski did not face any primary or general election challenge in the secure Democratic district in 2016.
Other more centrist Democrats see the Lipinski challenge as a sign that the rising left of the party risks rejecting other voters.
"This is proof of whether we have a large tent or if the tent is narrowing on us," said Wisconsin Rep. Ron Kind, who represents a presiding district.
won by 4.5 points.
Voting is scarce, although both campaigns acknowledge that it will be close. "It's a highly competitive race and any of the candidates could win," said David Wbaderman, who badyzes the House races for the Cook Political Report.
It's Mr. Lipinski's toughest career since he was elected to the position his father previously held. The district in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary endorsed
Senator Bernie Sanders
from Vermont, which has endorsed Ms. Newman.
"We need a voice, we need someone to represent us in a way that is in line with our values," Newman said, as he drank coffee in the Chicago office, founded by immigrants. the neighborhood of Yards. "I'm running with the district because we're aligned, Lipinski is completely out of alignment with the district."
Mr. Lipinski sees a party that left people like him behind to emphasize social problems instead of talking about how the Democrats could help the economy.
"We do not focus on the problems of bread and butter," Mr. Lipinski said.
presidential campaign failed in 2016 While stopping campaign flyers outside the Metra station in the town of Worth, he added: "In the states and throughout the Midwest, people felt that the Democratic Party did not meet their needs"
victory of Democrat Conor Lamb in a The special race of the House of Representatives in Pennsylvania last week has the party hoping to win the 23 Republican seats in November to take the majority of the House. Mr. Lamb took a centrist tone on some issues, and Democrats expect similar candidates to exit the Illinois primary on Tuesday to face Republicans in other parts of the state.
The Cook Political Report, a non-partisan group that badyzes House careers, rate districts held by GOP Representatives.
as runs, and those held by representatives of the Republican Party Mark Hultgren and
as "probable republican", which means that the race could be competitive depending on the challenger.
Mr. Hultgren, who won re-election in 2016 by 18 percentage points, will face the winner of a seven-game primary. "We do not take anything for granted," he said, adding that he plans to talk about the economy in the electoral campaign, particularly job opportunities for voters.
Mr. Lipinski sees a party that left people like him behind to emphasize social issues instead of talking about how the Democrats could help the economy.
"We do not focus on bread and butter problems," Lipinski said of Hillary Clinton's loss in the 2016 presidential campaign. While stopping campaign flyers outside the Metra station in the town of Worth, he added: " In the states and throughout the Midwest, people felt that the Democratic Party did not meet their needs. "
Just north of Mr. Lipinski's Chicago Democratic candidate Kelly Mazeski, a bad cancer survivor and former executive, is endorsed by several midwestern lawmakers as the best candidate to face Mr. Roskam in the fall. "People are paying attention to elections at an unprecedented level right now," he said.
Mr. Bost, a Republican who also considers himself vulnerable, could face St. Clair County State Attorney Brendan Kelly, a candidate who promotes a more centrist position and has outclbaded two other Democratic candidates. The metal tariffs proposed by the president resonate in the district, which is the home of a steel mill.
Although Bost is president of the bipartisan Congressional Steel Caucus, United Steelworkers backed Mr. Kelly, citing Bost's past voting record. on trade.
The Congress Leadership Fund, the super PAC endorsed by the President of the House
He opened offices to support Mr. Roskam and Mr. Bost six months ago. Executive director Corry Bliss called Mr. Roskam's career "one of the most critical" in the country for Republicans. The Illinois congressman helped shape the Republican Party's tax bill last year.
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